A review of a day in Los Angeles on the Rastabus tour

A review of a day in Los Angeles on the Rastabus tour


Are you thinking what can I possibly fit into one day? Well read on because I have the perfect tour for you to take if you have a day in Los Angeles and want to see as much as possible.


I did a lot of research to find the best tour that would suit our needs and that is when I came across the Rastabus and their “A Day in LA tours.”

There were certain sights that I really wanted to see. For example the Hollywood sign, Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive and of course the Chinese theatre so any tour had to include those. I would suggest you decide what exactly you want to see and find a tour that matches those.

We were also arriving from San Francisco on the Coast Starlight and staying on Sunset Boulevard so we needed a tour that could collect us from the hotel there. If you choose a tour without the pickup it can be quite an expensive addition getting across LA depending on where in LA you are staying.

Although we were only spending a few days in LA we certainly plan to visit again and we will stay for longer – inspiration from reading posts such as the ultimate road trip round the South West of the US will soon have us booking flights again! However on this occasion we really wanted to fit in what we could.

The Rastabus tour certainly ticked all the boxes for us so I booked!

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Our first day in Los Angeles was spent on the Rastabus and I can’t recommend it enough! You see a lot in a day and it really gives a great first flavour of LA! Our driver/guide for the day was absolutely awesome and we had a really fun day out. So what did we do?

Well…..here we go….a day in Los Angeles on the rastabus! 


a day in Los Angeles on the Rastabus

Our transport for the day!

First of all you get picked up from your hotel – we were on Sunset Boulevard and taken to Santa Monica to catch the main tour. We were then provided with fruit and an endless supply of cold water which was very welcome on a hot day in LA!
sunset boulevard sign


Our first stop was at Venice Beach. This was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s favourite hangout in his younger days but now he is apparently often seen cycling here. Venice Beach is a buzzing beach town with a bohemian spirit, great cafes and street art.
We didn’t see any blokes with muscles working out at Muscle Beach outdoor gym as it was probably a little too early in the day.
TIP – I was bitten to death by sand flies whilst sitting on a bench here so put on some repellent if you go!


It was amazing to see Beverley Hills and Rodeo Drive. It smelt of money money money with the flashy cars and exclusive boutiques. Again it is one of those familiar places from movies (remember Beverley Hills cop!!) and we even saw the shop that snubbed Julia Roberts’ character in Pretty Woman!


We loved the stop at the Farmer’s Market and just checking out the food stalls was great fun. Deciding what we were all going to eat was interesting and we all bought from different places! I had to have a hot dog from Fritzi Dog and the Brussel Tots!

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I recommend checking out the various options before you go as there is so much to choose from!


Who doesn’t want to see the iconic Hollywood sign? It was probably the top must-see for me when we were in LA and I was not disappointed. The tour takes you to the Griffith Observatory where not only do you get a great view of the sign but of sprawling LA too.
hollywood sign


Another highlight of the tour is the stop at the Chinese Theatre. Look for your idols handprints and footprints and search for their star on the the walk of fame.
We had great fun looking for our favourites. It was fantastic seeing Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell’s handprints!
chinese theatre Los Angeles a day on the rastabus
 Can you tell who my favourite star was when I was a teenager?  (Clue he was in Hart to Hart!!!)
This was our last stop on the tour and was not far from our hotel where we were dropped off by the rastabus team.
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I would highly recommend the tour – we loved it.We had a fantastic day in Los Angeles on the Rastabus – a great way to see the
main sites of Los Angeles in just one day!

How to book the rastabus?

Pop over and take a look at the rastabus site and get booking! 


Check out these other great options too if you are spending a day in Los Angeles!


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Author: Tracy

Tracy has lived and worked in 7 countries on 4 continents and travelled to over 50 more. A qualified school teacher with an interest in history, reading, photography, nature and wildlife she is always planning her next trip (preferably by train)

With a lifetime of travel experience, and a network of friends all over the world, she is also able to share genuine insider guides, recommended best book lists and train journey inspiration to help you travel authentically to some of the most beautiful places on earth.

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  1. November 15, 2016 / 10:06 am

    That bus looks so cool and I think I’d love the bus tour, it sounds a lot of fun! I’m not too sure about the fried brussel sprouts but I’d give it a go 🙂

    • November 15, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Haha yes the brussel sprouts are an acquired taste! Neither my husband nor daughter would touch them! It is a great day out and a fab tour! The bus was a lot of fun!

  2. November 15, 2016 / 10:23 am

    Sounds like a really great way to take in the key sights of LA!! Can’t believe I flew halfway across the globe to LA and didn’t get to see the Hollywood sign coz we were stuck in a 4-hour traffic jam. Wish I managed to see all that you did! #CityTripping

    • November 15, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      It was a busy day but so worth it – I would have liked longer – we spent the second day at Universal Studios which we all enjoyed but i did want to see more of LA! A definite return destination!

  3. November 15, 2016 / 2:07 pm

    OMG how fun!!! This has made me very homesick, but if I go home one dy with my German husband, might have to be a tourist and hop aboard the Rastabus! #CityTripping

    • November 15, 2016 / 8:08 pm

      Hi Lolo definitely do the tourist thing! The Rastabus was so much fun!

  4. November 16, 2016 / 1:57 pm

    I’m not being put off by people saying that LA is a bit rubbish either. I’m really impressed by how much you saw in a short time…Rastabus sounds like a great option. Thanks for linking #citytripping

    • November 16, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      I am so glad I didn’t listen because we really enjoyed it! A lot of childhood dreams came true – over 40 years waiting to see that Hollywood sign! It didn’t disappoint!

  5. November 16, 2016 / 11:46 pm

    Who says LA is rubbish?! I love LA! I live here and am having so much fun playing tourist in my own town! Good for you fitting it all in! I’ve been wondering about the Rasta Bus and now I know! Thanks for this fun post! #citytripping

    • November 17, 2016 / 6:26 pm

      Exactly – just how i felt when people said not to go – we loved it and I am so glad we stayed! We will definitely be back to explore more one day!Thank-you for enjoying my post 🙂

  6. November 19, 2016 / 10:05 am

    What a fun way to see the city – it’s hard you imagine just how big it is there. I might skip the Brussels Tots though! #citytripping